Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia:
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Covered basin with interior support

  • Stoneware with partial fly-ash glaze
  • 16.1 x 18 cm
  • 20th century, Bangkok period
  • Origin: Northeast, North-central, or Northern Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.335a-b

Description

Covered basin with knob handle on lid and interior support.
Dark clay body with thin iron glaze.

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 10 July 2002) Dan Kwian, Khorat Province?

2. (Louise Cort, 16 September 2003) When we collected this vessel in 2001, Victor Hauge mentioned that he understood it to be a contemporary or near-contemporary piece. I agree and suspect that it may be a product of the Dan Kwian kilns in Khorat (Nakhon Ratchasima) Province, Northeast Thailand.

A lidded jar of related form in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (h. 20.3 cm), was published in Spinks 177, fig. 10. Spinks described the vessel as covered in brown glaze and representing "a very early Siamese experience in making covered bowls." It had been published in Honey 1946, pl. 17, as Indo-Chinese (either Sawankhalok or Annamese), 14th century.

Spinks, Charles Nelson. 1977. "Sawankhalok globular jars: the first Siamese celadon wares to reach England, and other notable pieces." The Journal of the Siam Society 65(1): 292.

Honey, William Bowyer. 1946. The art of the potter; a book for the collector and connoisseur. London: Faber and Faber.

3. (Louise Cort, 14 October 2005) Archaeologist and ceramic specialist Morimoto Asako, Fukuoka, said this jar is not at all like a Si Satchanalai product.

4. (Louise Cort, 22 December 2005) Possibly, though, the jar may be a product of one of the wood-fired kilns operated in the vicinity of Chiang Mai by Shan (Mon) potters until a few decades ago. Both Don Hein and John Shaw have documented those kilns.

5. (Louise Cort, 20 September 2006) A covered jar of related form, with the domed lid appearing to overlap the upper edge of the bowl rather than sit within it, and with olive-green glaze, in the Praya Nakhon Prah Ram Collection, Bangkok National Museum, is identified as Sawankhalok (Si Satchanalai) ware of "Mon" type, 13th(?)–mid 14th century (Brown 1988, pl. 46b, diam. 20.5 cm).

Brown, Roxanna M. 1988. The Ceramics of South-East Asia: Their Dating and Identification. 2nd ed. Singapore: Oxford University Press.

6. (Louise Cort, 29 May 2008) Don Hein, in Washington to present the Pope Memorial Lecture, commented that he has not seen sherds of vessels like this at Sukhothai, Sawankhalok, or any of the Lan Na kilns.


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